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Timothee Chalamet, Will Ferrell and More to Present at 2020 Oscars. The countdown is on for the 2020 Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9. On Tuesday, it was announced that Timothee Chalamet, Will Ferrell, Gal Gadot, Mindy Kaling and more artists will join the star-studded list of presents for the 92nd Academy Awards next month. the lineup also includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anthony Ramos, Mark Ruffalo, Kelly Marie Tran and Kristen Wiig. "We're excited to welcome these talented artists to help celebrate this year's movies," said show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain. "Each brings their own unique energy and appeal to our global audience." Previously announced Oscars presents include Mahershala Ali, Olivia Colman, Regina King and Rami Malek. The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and as E! News previously shared, this year's ceremony won't have a host, just like last year. More announcements in regards to the Oscars ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks. It was also announced earlier today that the Academy will pay tribute to the late Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Jan. 26 in Calabasas, California. Not only was the former NBA superstar a legend on the court, but he also earned an Oscar Award in 2018 for his Best Animated Short Film, titled Dear Basketball. The short film was based on a poem he wrote to announce his retirement from the NBA. The former Los Angeles Lakers player retired in 2016 after a 20-year basketball career. "This feels better than winning the championship, to be honest with you," Kobe said at the time, during his acceptance speech. "Growing up as a kid, I dreamed of winning championships and working really hard to make that dream come true, but then to have something like this seemingly come out of left field." (Eonline)

China's CCTV Cancels Oscars Red Carpet Coverage. With the viral epidemic worsening at home, the state broadcaster is curtailing its on-the-ground coverage of the 92nd Academy Awards. China's state broadcaster CCTV is calling off its usual live red carpet coverage of the Oscars in response to the worsening coronavirus crisis, a source at the public television network said Wednesday. At present, CCTV is still planning to air a delayed taping of the Oscars telecast on its flagship movie channel CCTV6, as well as some live coverage of the ceremony over its in-house streaming platform M1905. But the network's usual TV crew and team of red carpet reporters will be kept home in China. What coverage remains will be produced out of Beijing. It's entirely possible that the current broadcast plans could change over the coming days, depending on how the coronavirus outbreak progresses, the source said. On Tuesday, China's media regulator said it would be cutting back on "entertaining" TV broadcasts across the country to make way for more news coverage of the national response to the health crisis. The move sparked dismay among many viewers, who took to social media to lament the decision. The bulk of China's populace is anxiously staying home and avoiding public spaces, with limited ways to pass the time. Forecasts vary widely, but some experts believe the epidemic could continue well into the spring. Health authorities said Wednesday that confirmed cases of the rapidly spreading coronavirus infection had climbed to 6,055 in China, with the death toll reaching 132. Already, virtually the entirety of China's vast entertainment industry has ground to a halt. The country's biggest Chinese New Year films have all been pulled, and nearly all of the country's movie exhibition infrastructure -- comprising about 70,000 screens -- has shut down for an undetermined period. Theme parks, including Disney's Shanghai Disney Resort, are shuttered, while film and television shoots throughout the country have nearly all shut down. Given that the ongoing Lunar New Year holiday is usually the busiest season of the year for moviegoing, the Beijing industry has already suffered an enormous financial blow, regardless of when cinemas reopen. Many believe the epidemic in China could drive the 2020 global box office total down by $1 billion to $2 billion. The Oscars are broadly popular among film fans in China, and the awards also are a key brand building exercise for Hollywood in its second most important film territory. Awards season glory has been known to give U.S. prestige films a big bump at the country's huge theatrical box office. Universal and Amblin Entertainment's Green Book, for example, set a new box office record for a best picture winner in the country last year, earning a huge $70 million from a release scheduled shortly after the Academy Awards ceremony. Encouraged by that success, four Oscar-nominated U.S. films -- Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Marriage Story and 1917 -- had lined up February releases in China. All those releases are thought to be in serious jeopardy now. China has submitted films for Oscar consideration in the best international film category since 1979, scoring nominations twice for Zhang Yimou films: romantic tragedy Ju Dou in 1990 and period action epic Hero in 2002. (Hollywood Reporter)

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